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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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We were able to see one when we visited in 2018, but unfortunately she was bald with mange. I hope the remaining population is healthier.

Kelsey, thank you for sharing your insights on jackals. I think that jackals and cheetahs are animals on the fringes of the carnivores of Londolozi. They are very opportunistic and adept at survival.

Thanks, Kelsey, for this interesting blog on jackals. I love them though I don’t think I have seen many at Londolozi so far. They are really cute animals always busily doing something.

One is fortunate to see a jackal whilst on safari as this species does tend to be more elusive, perhaps because as you stated, their numbers were diminished during the severe drought. I would also imagine that as much as jackals are opportunistic, if they come upon the remains of a kill and hyenas/vultures are around, they will wait on the outskirts to see if they might get lucky. Thanks for the detailed information about them – always appreciated.

Hi Robyn, I like jackals, they are graceful and smart animals. Where I live there are their cousins, the golden jackals, their numbers have been growing in the last decades. I like the way foxes (my favourite canids) and jackals outsmart greater predators from time to time. Hopefully you will see more of these pretty, intelligent canids in the future, it’s great they are back! Also for their favourite tree

Such beautiful jackals both of them. I have only seen two jackals here on our reserve and cannot tell you which one of the two I saw. Each time it was at night so I could not distinguish between the two different jackals. We also often hear them howling. Their tails and coats are beautiful just like the wolves. I love wolves and my one German Shepard dog used to howl like the wolves do. I had to put her down as she hurt her back and was in to much pain.

Thanks for this super interesting profile of the jackals Kelsey! Like all excellent Londolozi posts, this one has caused me to do a deep dive on this very cool and seemingly elusive creature!

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